How to get to city center from Munich Airport
Munich Airport is about 45 minutes away from the city center by public transportation and about 30 minutes by car and taxi. A Taxi will cost €50-60 and a private transfer slightly more. There are 2 option for public transport:
1. Lufthansa Express Bus: buses leave from 4 stops at the Munich airport every 20 minutes, and the journey takes 25 minutes to Munich Schwabing and 45 minutes to Munich Central Station. A one-way ticket is €11 per person and €17.5 roundtrip. Child aged 5 and under travel free. 6 to 14 years old pay half price. Ticket can be bought online at their website or from the driver.
2. Take the the S-Bahn (the Suburban Railway) train which connects central Munich with the suburb. Both the S1 and S8 offer routes from Munich Airport into the city center that take about 45 minutes. Each one comes every twenty minutes, meaning trains into the city are only ten minutes apart. If your final destination is the Munich Central station, then just hop onto whichever train comes first. Train cost €11.6 and you can buy the ticket at the ticket machine.
Our train from Salzburg to Munich was only 1.5 hours so we arrived early in Munich. We were happy to see that the train platform was flat so we didn’t have to lift our suitcases. We are staying in Accor hotel near the train station within walking distance.
How to get around
Munich’s public transport network is efficient and economical. It has a free app that you can use to plan your journeys around the city: MVV-App. Tickets for Munich’s public transport network are the same for every mode of transport. Prices range from €2.90 for a single ticket covering one zone, and from €6.70 for a one-day travel card around the inner city area. A one-way ticket costs €11.60, but you can purchase a one-day travel card for €13.
U-Bahn: Munich’s underground railway network has 8 lines serving almost 100 different stations around the city. The U-Bahn operates daily from 4:15 am to 1 am, with trains running every 5 to 10 minutes. On Fridays, Saturdays and the nights before public holidays, trains run all through the night.
S-Bahn: Munich’s urban train network was established in 1972 as part of the modernization efforts for the Olympic Games. Its eight lines cover almost 150 different stations, connecting the city centre with the airport and Dachau Concentration Camp. The S-Bahn operates daily from approximately 4:15 am to 1 am, with trains running every 10 minutes in rush hour and every 20 minutes during the rest of the day. At night, trains depart every 20 to 40 minutes. On Fridays, Saturdays and the nights before public holidays, trains run all through the night.
Tram: Munich’s tramway dates back to 1876, when it operated with horsecars departing from a central hub at Karlsplatz. There are now 13 daytime train lines and 4 nighttime lines, covering a total of 165 stops throughout Munich. Trams operate daily from 4:45 am to 1:30 am, and the 4 nighttime routes run daily from 1:30 am to 4:30 am.
Bus: The most useful bus route for tourists is line 100, which stops at all of Munich’s museums, making for convenient travel between them. Munich’s bus network operates daily: most lines run from 5 am to 1 am with buses departing every 10 to 20 minutes. There are also night buses covering the main routes throughout the night.
Top things to see in Munich
We don’t have much planned for today other than and just want to take it easy. Stroll around city center and shop. Munich was our last city before flying out so we didn’t need to worry anymore about carrying extra weight on the train.
We started our tour from Marienplatz, a tram away from our Hotel.
Marienplatz and the Neues Rathaus
Marienplatz has been Munich’s central square since the city’s foundation; the site of medieval jousting tournaments; and until 1807, where markets were held. In addition to the massive Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) that fills one entire side of the square, you’ll find the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) forming a gate at the far end.
In the large open square are the Mariensäule, a tall column to the Virgin Mary erected in 1638, and the Fischbrunnen, a newer fountain that includes bronze figures rescued from an earlier 19th-century fountain. Popular with shoppers for its stores, boutiques, and restaurants, Marienplatz is the focus of festivals and scene of a large Christmas Market, one of several in the city. During the Fasching carnival, the Narren-Lindwurm (dragon) dances over the square.
Daily at 11am and noon, and at 5pm from March through October, everyone stops to watch the famous Glockenspiel on the front of the Neues Rathaus, as its mechanical figures dine, joust, and dance. It’s one of the city’s best-loved traditions, and shouldn’t be missed.
Asamkirche (Asam Church)
The beautiful Rococo Asam Church, dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk, was completed in 1746 by brothers Cosmas and Egid Asam and is richly decorated with stucco figures, frescoes, and oil paintings. While its exterior is impressive enough, particularly the large doorway flanked by massive columns and crowned by a figure of St. John kneeling in prayer, it’s the interior that’s most memorable.
Highlights include a wrought-iron grille from 1776 that separates the stucco figures of the saints from the long nave with its galleries. On the projecting cornice under the ceiling is a magnificent fresco depicting the life of St. John. The most notable feature of the interior, though, is the high altar, enclosed by four twisted columns and on which sits a glass shrine containing a wax figure of the church’s patron saint.
There were more sights to see in Munich which we didn’t get to cover such as Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens
The Olympic Park
Market at Viktualienmarkt
Art Museums in the Kunstareal District
Other churches such as Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), Frauenkirche and Michaelskirche (St. Michael’s Church).
Munich’s English Garden is not only the largest city park in Germany. It covers an area of 910 acres is also one of the most beautiful. Naturally arranged groups of trees and plants offer ever-changing vistas, and nine kilometers of winding streams and an artificial lake complete the impression of a natural landscape.
Designed in 1785 as a military garden, the English Garden attracts walkers, joggers, and cyclists to its 78 kilometers of pathways and bridle paths. It’s also a pleasant place to sunbathe and picnic, and you can stop for a snack or drink at the Chinesischen Turm (Chinese Tower), a 25-meter-tall pagoda.